Espresso Machine. Uses Pods or Loose Ground Coffee. Which? 'Best Buy'. £35.29 at Argos. Usually £52.99
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Espresso Machine. Uses Pods or Loose Ground Coffee. Which? 'Best Buy'. £35.29 at Argos. Usually £52.99

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Found 14th Oct 2011
Makes Espresso, Cappuccino & Latte. Extract from Which? review... 'Our expert taster highly rated the espresso's super dark gold crema, & the lovely sweet dark aroma & taste'. Score 79%. Note that Which? excludes price from assessment criteria, so the score reflects performance not price.

This machine has two filter baskets, one for loose ground coffee & one for Pods, e.g. Melangerie brand Pods. £1.59 for 18. Gold Winner, The Grocer Own Label Food & Drink Awards 2011. Available at Lidl & possibly elsewhere. That's 9p a cup. Can also use Senseo Pods.

I have this machine & a Tassimo machine. This espresso machine is as easy & convenient to use as the Tassimo. The Tassimo is now redundant, as the pods are 3 times the price of the Melangerie pods I use in this espresso machine.

Tassimo makes good-tasting coffee. But the aroma, crema & flavour of coffee from this espresso machine is superior. At a third of the price per pod, it's a no-brainer.

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Good price compared to other branded machines.

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Link works for me but click here for Argos website & input Product code 423/3268

ICTHUS

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good price but Which? says it does not take pods, so best to check

"Argos Cookworks Signature espresso 423/3268 coffee machine, around £40

This coffee maker isn't stylish and is a bit noisy, but it makes a tasty espresso in less than 20 seconds.

It only works with ground coffee - read our coffee machines review to find machines that use beans, ESE pods or capsules."

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raykoko

good price but Which? says it does not take pods, so best to check"Argos … good price but Which? says it does not take pods, so best to check"Argos Cookworks Signature espresso 423/3268 coffee machine, around £40This coffee maker isn't stylish and is a bit noisy, but it makes a tasty espresso in less than 20 seconds.It only works with ground coffee - read our coffee machines review to find machines that use beans, ESE pods or capsules."



The Which? Review was published before the filter basket for Pods was included by Cookworks. As the Argos description states... 'Ground bean and pod coffee option'. I bought mine last December & the pod filter basket was included.

Edited by: "dooper" 14th Oct 2011

Thanks OP , I got one this monring, been looking for a coffee maker, just made two cappucinos and can confirm it makes a good coffee, well worth it at this price. It is slightly noisy as others have said but its all part of the fun and its only on for a short time.. Also can confirm it does come with the metal filter required to use with coffee pods.

I doubt you will get a better cup for anywhere near this price

Can you tell me what pods this machine uses and how do you know if you have the correct fittings for pods. Bought one today but the instruction manual says nothing about using pods.

patrankin

Can you tell me what pods this machine uses and how do you know if you … Can you tell me what pods this machine uses and how do you know if you have the correct fittings for pods. Bought one today but the instruction manual says nothing about using pods.



It takes the round ones that look like tea bags, it has an extra smaller metal cup that replaces the normal filter, it was in the bag with the plastic spoon.The metal filter cup has pod written on the bottom. You can buy many pods, I got some from Lidl 1.50 for 18 pods.

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patrankin

Can you tell me what pods this machine uses and how do you know if you … Can you tell me what pods this machine uses and how do you know if you have the correct fittings for pods. Bought one today but the instruction manual says nothing about using pods.



Google ESE Pods & you'll find plenty of brands, including Illy, Caffe Prima, Segafredo, Molinari, Gaggia, Lavazza, etc.

Like Post #9 above, I use Melangerie brand Pods from Lidl.

I think (haven't tried them) that the Senseo Pods sold in most supermarkets will fit this machine.

Edited by: "dooper" 14th Oct 2011

dooper

Google ESE Pods & you'll find plenty of brands, including Illy, Caffe … Google ESE Pods & you'll find plenty of brands, including Illy, Caffe Prima, Segafredo, Molinari, Gaggia, Lavazza, etc.Like Post #9 above, I use Melangerie brand Pods from Lidl.I think (haven't tried them) that the Senseo Pods sold in most supermarkets will fit this machine.


Thanks for your info. I have Nescafe Dolce Gusto pods and they are too big.

Banned

Excellent

How would i go about making a Cappuccino with this?

thanks.

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an4rew

How would i go about making a Cappuccino with this?thanks.



The machine includes a built-in milk frother. Produces enough steam to heat a full jug of milk in about 30 seconds.

Edited by: "dooper" 15th Oct 2011

Does this need much cleaning after use??

I have reserved one, having had my eye on it after seeing your comments on the senseo a couple of weeks ago. Thanks
Edited by: "ppshopaholic" 16th Oct 2011

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meclive

Does this need much cleaning after use??



I rinse the filter holder & filter basket & drip tray under a running tap. Dry with tea towel. Job done.

thanks for your comments in the other post dooper, i was just thinking if lidl stopped selling these pods where else can you get them and how much are they can they be bought in asda etc, im just comparing to the senseo again as it looks like you can get 20 senseo pods for £3, thanks.
Edited by: "marra" 17th Oct 2011

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marra

thanks for your comments in the other post dooper, i was just thinking if … thanks for your comments in the other post dooper, i was just thinking if lidl stopped selling these pods where else can you get them and how much are they can they be bought in asda etc, im just comparing to the senseo again as it looks like you can get 20 senseo pods for £3, thanks.



I shop at Lidl, Sainsbury's & Waitrose, so don't know about availability at Asda, Tesco, Morrison's, etc.

These are ESE (Easy Serve Espresso) Pods, which are the most widely available type of Pods, with the widest choice of coffees.

Google ESE Pods & you'll find plenty of options, including Pods by Illy, Caffe Prima, Segafredo, Molinari, Gaggia, Lavazza, etc.

cheers for that and again im sorry about all the questions, its just i want the pods to be readily available, the only thing putting me off is i cant find the ese pods on any supermarket websites at all so im assuming you wont find them instore either and if you buy them online after postage i might as well carry on paying for tassimo discs, i promise this will be the last question as i cant find the answer anywhere then ill nip out and get one lol, do lidl do the espresso pods as well as regular coffee or do i need to use ground stuff for latte & cappuccino, thanks and im sorry if im doing you head in lol

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marra

cheers for that and again im sorry about all the questions, its just i … cheers for that and again im sorry about all the questions, its just i want the pods to be readily available, the only thing putting me off is i cant find the ese pods on any supermarket websites at all so im assuming you wont find them instore either and if you buy them online after postage i might as well carry on paying for tassimo discs, i promise this will be the last question as i cant find the answer anywhere then ill nip out and get one lol, do lidl do the espresso pods as well as regular coffee or do i need to use ground stuff for latte & cappuccino, thanks and im sorry if im doing you head in lol



The Melangerie Pods from Lidl don't claim to be Espresso Pods but just 'Coffee Pods'. They're available in Brazilian, Colombian, Kenyan & possibly other blends... my local Lidl is small so may not stock all varieties. They can all be used to make espresso or cappuccino or latte. I've been buying them since last December. They seem to be popular buys, so I cannot imagine Lidl discontinuing them.

In any event I'm reasonably sure that Senseo Pods are ESE Pods. The Melangerie Pods look like Sainsbury's Assam teabags... circular/disk shaped, about 6.5cm in diameter.

I've tried many blends of loose ground coffee in the machine, but keep returning to the Melangerie Pods for their convenience, lack of mess, flavour & competitive price.

cheers dooper your a legend im sold. Ive been reading up and apparently ese pods are 4.4cm so if 6.5cm fit so should senseo pods as they are the same size, thanks for all your help, i just hope theres one left when i get there now lol after all this i will go out of town if i have too.

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marra

cheers dooper your a legend im sold. Ive been reading up and apparently … cheers dooper your a legend im sold. Ive been reading up and apparently ese pods are 4.4cm so if 6.5cm fit so should senseo pods as they are the same size, thanks for all your help, i just hope theres one left when i get there now lol after all this i will go out of town if i have too.



Sounds like the Senseo Pods may be a better fit than the Lidl Pods. The Pod Filter Basket is about 5cm in diameter at it's widest point & narrows down a bit at the bottom. With the Lidl Pods, I prod them down into the Filter Basket to make them fit, which is very easy to do.

after all that ill not get the chance to pick one up today lol but ill get one tomorrow and if get the chance ill pick up some senseo pods and ill let you know if they work cant see them not doing now after what you have said tbh ill nip lidl too just in case so im not stuck for a brew.

I managed to pick one up today a long with some of the pods from lidl and some senseo pods, im happy with the machine and its no louder than a tassimo in my opinion but the instructions are crap.

@dooper as far as the senseo pods go compared to the lidl ones they are both the same diameter but the senseo ones are deeper which stops them going into the holder that i use for the lidl ones if that makes any sense. I got a holder that says pod on it and one that says 2 cup on it:

The lidl ones fit into the pod holder no problem (which you already know) but the senseo ones are too big but they fit into the 2 cup perfect now am i right in thinking i can just use the 2 cup holder simple as that? both holders look the same in design just one is deeper than the other so im assuming it will do the same job.

also with the instructions being crap and not mentioning the pod holder, if im using loose coffee what do i put this in do i use the pod holder or the 2 cup holder or am i totally missing something, cheers.
Edited by: "marra" 18th Oct 2011

Original Poster

The 2 cup holder is intended for loose ground coffee, however, if it's a good fit for a senseo pod then it should work fine. Please let me know whether you prefer Senseo or Melangerie.

The instructions were written before Cookworks decided to include a Pod Filter Basket in addition to the Loose Ground Coffee Filter Basket. Looks like they still haven't bothered to update the instructions!

I never bothered to read the instructions (well maybe a quick look), as the graphics above the buttons are fairly self-explanatory.


Edited by: "dooper" 18th Oct 2011

Thanks for that mate when ive re read what i posted and i shouldnt really be allowed to use anything that plugs in, ill get my coat lol.
I have already tried the senseo pod in the 2 cup holder and it worked great which i should of known as ive stated myself that the pod holder & 2 cup are the same design only bigger then because there is no mention of the pod holder the coffee would have to go in the 2 cup holder as that would of been the only one included im putting it down to coffee rush,I'm really happy i bought this i would recommend it to anyone ive had several machines over the years and so far this is the best one especially now i know i can use different pods i couldnt find any of the ese pods in asda but they had 1 type of senseo which is very good, again cheers for all your info i appreciate it.

Edited by: "marra" 18th Oct 2011

Sorry i didnt see the bit about which i prefare,
so far ive tried the Melangerie Columbian and the senseo moments all day medium roast and tbh i think I prefer the senseo ones i tried them both in a full size mug and the senseo ones seem stronger but both are very good the senseo ones where £2.99 for 20 which is not too bad especially when i was paying average £4.30 for 16 medium roast tasimmo ones and the senseo ones in this machine at least beat the tassimo ones easily as far as a regular cup of coffee goes.

I will probably keep getting both but ive still yet to try the Brazil and Kenya ones i picked up from lidl so ill try them first one thing worth mentioning is the crema was thicker/more of with the senseo pods i would defiantly advise you to try them its also good to know there is more of a range to try as i wrote earlier i couldnt find the ese pods in asda they only had the one senseo type and a limited range of tassimo but I may have more luck in tesco i know they do stock a wider range of tasimmo discs.



Edited by: "marra" 18th Oct 2011

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Thanks. I will buy some Senseo Pods next time I'm in Sainsbury's, even though they're 15p each, as opposed to only 8p per Melangerie Pod.

Banned

Come on chaps- buy some proper espresso coffee! Balls to your pods!

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Mascherano

Come on chaps- buy some proper espresso coffee! Balls to your pods!



Years of using a Tassimo machine made me lazy. ESE Pods are so easy & convenient to use. Relax... indolence rules.

I can't find the Lidl pods in Northern Ireland

Does Tassimo and Senseo fit this machine?
Edited by: "an4rew" 19th Oct 2011



Edited by: "an4rew" 19th Oct 2011

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an4rew

Does Tassimo and Senseo fit this machine?



Senseo Pods fit. Tassimo Pods do not fit.

dooper

Google ESE Pods & you'll find plenty of brands, including Illy, Caffe … Google ESE Pods & you'll find plenty of brands, including Illy, Caffe Prima, Segafredo, Molinari, Gaggia, Lavazza, etc.Like Post #9 above, I use Melangerie brand Pods from Lidl.I think (haven't tried them) that the Senseo Pods sold in most supermarkets will fit this machine.




I have the Senseo Quadrante coffee machine which uses Senseo and the Melangerie brand Pods from Lidl. The pods are 62mm. I take it this won’t take the double pods

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Geemac

I have the Senseo Quadrante coffee machine which uses Senseo and the … I have the Senseo Quadrante coffee machine which uses Senseo and the Melangerie brand Pods from Lidl. The pods are 62mm. I take it this won’t take the double pods



I cannot answer that. Partly because I'm not aux fait with 'double pods'. I know from Post #28 above that Senseo Pods like the Moments All Day Medium Roast do fit.

dooper

I cannot answer that. Partly because I'm not aux fait with 'double pods'. … I cannot answer that. Partly because I'm not aux fait with 'double pods'. I know from Post #28 above that Senseo Pods like the Moments All Day Medium Roast do fit.



Thanks, the Senseo Moments all day medium roast mug size I.e. double pod are £2.99 for 20 in Asda at the moment.

I use coffeepodshop.co.uk/shop/ they are in the Netherlands. Ordered Sunday delivered today, spend over £60.00 for free P+P otherwise it’s £6.99 also a German store on ebay but £7.99 delivery
Edited by: "Geemac" 19th Oct 2011

hi, am looking to buy a coffee machine and have been reading some of the results, which would be the best one, either the argos cookworks or a delonghi eco icona, can you make lattes in the delonghi as says only espresso and cappachinos thanks

Realy don't want to bust up this conversation about pods, however the argos deal has been posted a cuple of times this week so I'm marking cold

get a nespresso...best coffee..no mess..no cleaning...wonderful aroma...(_;)
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